Annie Jump Cannon
Facts about Annie Jump Cannon
Annie Jump Cannon devoted her life to astronomy. It was a field she was very passionate about and work that she enjoyed enormously.
In her youth she suffered severe hearing loss and subsequently was loath to socialize which could be by why she never married or had children.
From an early age, her mother,
also very keen on astronomy, taught her
daughter all she knew about the subject and
encouraged her daughter to learn more.
this era was not conducive to women working,
let alone in such a field of expertise,
Annie Jump Cannon excelled in her chosen
profession and would even contribute to the
women that followed in her footsteps by
having an award named after her and awarded
only to women.
Annie Jump Cannon Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1863 - 1941 *** Full Name: Annie Jump Cannon *** Date of Birth: Annie Jump Cannon was born on December 11th 1863 *** Place of Birth: Annie Jump Cannon was born in Dover, Delaware, United States *** Occupation: American Astronomer *** Date of Death: Annie Jump Cannon died on April 13th 1941 *** Place of Death: Annie Jump Cannon died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States ***
Annie Jump Cannon Fact 1: Annie Jump Cannon was born on December 11th 1863 in Dover, Delaware, United States and would become an Astronomer.
Annie Jump Cannon Fact 2:
Family: She came from a family that
was . The names of her parents were
Wilson Cannon and Mary Jump. Her
father was a shipbuilder and state
Senator for Delaware and it was her
mother who first introduced her to
the stars and constellations. It
would be her mother that would also
encourage her to include
mathematics, biology and chemistry
in her studies. Siblings: She grew
up with two sisters and as a child
or adolescent she suffered impaired
Annie Jump Cannon Fact 8: This being the case, Cannon was able to take advantage of the Harvard College Observatory and during 1896 she was hired as an assistant in the Observatory by Edward C. Pickering.
Annie Jump Cannon Fact 9: In 1907 having completed her studies she graduated from Wellesley College with an M.A.
Annie Jump Cannon Fact 10:
Having become a member of
“Pickering’s Women” which were what
you were called if you were hired by
Edward C. Pickering in order to
complete the Henry Draper Catalogue
which mapped and defined all the
stars in the sky.
Annie Jump Cannon Fact 16: It was generally viewed that the women were supposed to be housewives and should not even be working as assistants but this was generally the highest position a woman could aspire to. However, Annie Jump Cannon had no husband or children and so was able to devote a huge amount of her time to her work, which was something she enjoyed enormously.
Annie Jump Cannon Fact 17: Having devoted most of her life to her work she classified more stars than anyone else with around five hundred thousand entries.
Annie Jump Cannon Fact 18:
During her years of star gazing she
also discovered around three hundred
variable stars, a spectroscopic
binary, five novas and began
creating a bibliography that would
include around two hundred thousand
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